Clarence House has suggested Prince Charles' reported comments on Russian President Vladimir Putin were not intended to be made public.
We do not comment on private conversations. But we would like to stress that the Prince of Wales would not seek to make a public political statement during a private conversation.
Prince Charles compared the actions of Russian leader Vladimir Putin to Adolf Hitler, it has been claimed by a museum volunteer in Canada.
Prince Charles' reported comments about Vladimir Putin have thrown him into the centre of a political row - but not for the first time.